By Roger Costa
The Joyce Theater Foundation (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) will start a new season of online performances, previously recorded on the Joyce’s stage, and available on its streaming service, JoyceStream, for one month beginning Thursday, November 9 at 5pm. The exceptional talent shining at the Joyce’s new season are: tap sensation Michela Marino Lerman (pic.) and her ravishing troupe of exquisite musicians and dancers performing “Love Movement”, Afro-Colombian Sankofa Danzafro and an upbeat tribute to Indigenous and Afro-Colombian traditions with “Fecha Limite”, New York’s oldest resident Native American dance company Thunderbird American Indian Dancers performing some of their most popular and energized dances, and the versatility of Miami’s Pioneer Winter Collective. The programs will be available for streaming through December 6. Go to www.Joyce.org for details and you can also stream other shows and talks for free.
⭐Celebrate Mexico Now Festival
For 17 years, Celebrate Mexico Now (CMN) has been the only independent festival in New York City devoted to spotlighting contemporary Mexican artistry. Every year, the Festival highlights the definitions of Mexican culture by exploring the way artists are reshaping, envisioning and reflecting on their identity in the ever-changing global context. In this year’s digital edition, the Festival will feature important cinematic visions. Our film roster includes What Happened to the Bees?, a documentary about the confrontation between Mayan beekeeping communities and agribusiness goliath Monsanto, which was recently named Best Picture in the Environmental Documentary competition at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Puerto Madryn (MAFICI). CMN will also present an encore performance of 68 Voices, 68 Hearts, a series of animated short films that retell indigenous stories narrated in 68 distinct native Mexican tongues.
Both “68 Voices, 68 Hearts” and “What Happened to the Bees?”, are streaming for free through November 8. Go to MexicoNowFestival.org for details.
⭐BalaSole Dance Company
BalaSole Dance Company will launch a virtual event celebrating its 10th anniversary and its mission of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. To celebrate such mark, the company will present a series of selected works from the past 10 years, as well as exclusive forums with Artistic Director Roberto Villanueva, details given by its board members, partners and artists; and highlights from its varied repertory and activities. Miki Orihara, former principal dancer at the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Virginia Johnson, artistic director and former prima ballerina at Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) are scheduled to make an appearance.
The full virtual event will be available to the public for viewing for 48 hours. Thereafter, a much shorter edited version of the event with only excerpts of the performances will be available for viewing.
The one-hour event will start streaming on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9:00PM and will be available in full for 48 hours. After that only excerpts will be available for viewing. Go to www.balasoledance.org for details.